Diversity Oversight Committee

The Diversity Council is a diverse group of faculty, staff, and trainees who are committed to promoting our values and priorities in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The charges to the committee are as follows:

  • Help UConn GME become more effective in recruitment, graduation, and retention, of a diverse resident, faculty, and staff workforce.
  • Review existing and develop new policies and procedures, including the reporting of mistreatment, related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, that are consistent across the consortium hospitals.
  • Review existing curriculum, identify gaps and make recommendations regarding required education and annual retreats addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.
  • Review annual climate survey, and make recommendations to each consortium hospital to address concerns in a timely fashion.

Leadership/Faculty

Cynthia Price, M.D.

Cynthia Price, M.D.
She/Her
Chair, Diversity Oversight Committee
Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor

Jacqueline "Kiki" Nissen, M.D.

Kiki Nissen, M.D.
Associate Dean for
Graduate Medical Education

Dr. Steven Angus

Steven Angus, M.D.
Assistant Dean for
Graduate Medical Education
Designated Institutional Official

Robert D. Keder, M.D.

Robert D. Keder, M.D.
He/Him
Assistant Professor Pediatrics

“I work with children and families with disabilities using available evidence-based practice to promote resilience, equity, and optimal developmental outcomes for my patients, especially those from underserved populations.”

Srimathi Manickaratnam, M.D., MRCP(UK)

Srimathi Manickaratnam, M.D., MRCP(UK)
She/Her
Assistant Professor of Medicine

"Over the recent years, I have noticed my conception of diversity has changed. In retrospect, I never thought much about diversity when I left India to go to England for my higher studies. Only after coming to America did I understand the meaning and value of diversity. I realized that many people have had to navigate daunting pathways to overcome obstacles and achieve. From my experience working and living in three different continents, I now make the conscious effort to not view diversity as a “trendy” bandwagon, but to put it into practice wherever I go."

David Shapiro, M.D.

David Shapiro, M.D.
He/Him/His
Vice Chair of Surgery, Chief of Critical Care and Chief Quality Officer, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Associate Professor of Surgery

Steven B. Sloan, M.D.

Brett Sloan, M.D.
He/Him
Professor of Dermatology
Dermatology Residency Program Director
VA Site Director

"My interest in serving on the Diversity Oversight Committee not only stems from my personal experience as a disabled gay veteran, but also from the unique perspective of a dermatologist and educator.   Under-represented minorities make up a very small percentage of US dermatologists and skin of color images are relatively sparse in the dermatology literature and textbooks.  As the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology Case Reports, I am especially attuned to this image/education deficit and am presently recruiting a special associate editor to help close this gap."

Sharon Smith, M.D.

Sharon Smith, M.D.
She/Her
Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Program Director for Pediatric Residency

Trevor Sutton, M.D.

Trevor Sutton, M.D.

"My professional interest regards diversity, equity, and inclusion in perioperative cardiovascular medicine. Disparities in access to care and outcomes of care that are associated with race, ethnicity, gender, and social determinants of health are well documented in perioperative cardiovascular medicine. Perspectives regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in physician recruitment, retention, research, education, and pathways for professional engagement are important to resolving these disparities."

Bea Tendler, M.D.

Bea Tendler, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hypertension and Clinical Pharmacology

Clara Weinstock, D.O.

Clara Weinstock, D.O.
She/Her
Assistant Professor Internal Medicine
Site Director

"I’m interested in joining the Diversity Oversight Committee because I can contribute towards its purpose. I understand the different struggles one might go through to pursue their passion."

Jill Wruble, M.D.

Jill Wruble, M.D.
She/Her
Associate Program Director for Radiology Residency Program

“The desire to become involved in the DIE committee reflects my life-long belief in equity and opportunity regardless of background, as well as my interest in broadly participating in the UConn Health community.”

Program Coordinator

Michelle Ambrosio

Michelle Ambrosio
She/Her
Orthopaedic Surgery

"It is important to me to discuss these very important issues with others outside of our department to gain a wider perspective. As residency coordinator, I would like to be more involved in this mission to be a better support in our department."

Residents

Stephen Akinfenwa, M.D.

Stephen Akinfenwa, M.D.
Resident, PGY2 Primary Care Internal Medicine

"Equality, diversity, and inclusion is at the heart of any organization to thrive. It brings about full representation for all. During my interview and at the diversity and inclusion Zoom session, I was impressed by the level of awareness and inclusiveness at UConn. However, I also realized that more can still be done to ensure that every community is well represented in the GME Program. I feel blessed for the opportunity I have to learn in this prestigious academic institution. If privilege to be part of the diversity oversight committee, and I will work to engage faculty, fellows, and resident, expose them to innovative ideas on how to bridge the inequality gap and introduce fresh ideas into the recruitment new members."

Sabrina Bawa, M.D.

Sabrina Bawa, M.D.
She/Her/Hers
Resident, PGY3 Emergency Medicine

“Personally, I strive to become better versed in the importance of DEI and exercise the profound opportunity it fosters for patient empowerment.”

 

Ka’la Drayton, M.D., MHIT

Ka’la Drayton, M.D., MHIT
She/Her
Resident, PGY4 General Surgery

The opportunity to reshape the perspective of the healthcare system, which has admittedly had its set of downfalls, is one for which I am grateful. As an African American woman surgeon, my purpose is to serve as a vessel to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the medical community. Creating an atmosphere which is welcoming and inspiring for all is an advancement for all in healthcare.

Chandler Ford, M.D.

Chandler Ford, M.D.
Resident, PGY3 Emergency Medicine

"As a member of the LGBTQ+ community it was important for me to find an avenue to create a safe and more equitable space for fellow members of my community including colleagues and patients. I am grateful that this committee shares in those same values and is committed to creating a culture that authentically fosters diversity across the spectrum."

Kayla Gonzalez, M.D.

Kayla Gonzalez, M.D.
Chief Resident, Pediatrics

“One of my goals for the diversity committee, would be to further recruitment of URM residents, as well as get our existing URM residents more involved in the community to show our patients that their doctors look like them.”

Lucille Howard, M.D.

Lucille Howard, M.D.
Resident, PGY4 OB/GYN

“To truly increase diversity, equity and inclusion, medicine needs to embrace individuals who don’t fit society’s long embedded expectations of who medical professionals are, what we look like, where we come from and how we interact with the world.”

Johanna Lee, M.D.

Johanna Lee, M.D.
Resident, PGY2 Emergency Medicine

"I’m interested in joining the Diversity Oversight Committee because I can contribute towards its purpose. I understand the different struggles one might go through to pursue their passion."

Jennifer Maldonado, D.O.

Jennifer Maldonado, D.O.
Resident, PGY3 Emergency Medicine

"As a Hispanic American female doctor, I have realized the role I play as a representative, and mentor to my patients and aspiring doctors. Through this diversity committee, I want to enhance awareness and forge a path for underrepresented medical applicants and provide excellent medical care for my patients."

Joselyn Miller, D.O.

Joselyn Miller, D.O.
She/Her
Resident, PGY3 Emergency Medicine

Niala Moallem, M.D.

Niala Moallem, M.D.
Resident, PGY3 Internal Medicine

Nurudeen Lucky Osumah, M.D.

Nurudeen Lucky Osumah, M.D.
Resident, PGY2 Emergency Medicine

Mouna Penmetsa, M.D.

Mouna Penmetsa, M.D.
She/Her
Resident, PGY3 Primary Care Internal Medicine

“Being able to pull from my background, I believe that not only can I isolate and identify the subtle ways that the lack of inclusion can manifest, but I can also help in bridging those gaps to promote diversity.”

Angela Quental, M.D.

Angela Quental, M.D.
Fellow, PGY4 Pulmonary Critical Care

Malika Wilson, M.D.

Malika Wilson, M.D.
Resident, PGY2 General Surgery

Sara Zaytoun, D.O.

Sara Zaytoun, D.O.
Resident, PGY1 Emergency Medicine

“Being the first generation college graduate, the first physician in my family, and growing up with immigrant parents will always inspire me to work with other diverse populations. I value various cultures, ethnicities, equities, and inclusions because I believe it makes us all unique and allows us to learn from one another.”

Ad Hoc Members

Scott Allen, M.D.

Scott Allen, M.D.
Assistant Dean, UConn John Dempsey Hospital

Linda Barry, M.D., M.P.H., FACS

Linda Barry, M.D., M.P.H., FACS
Associate Dean of Office of Multicultural and Community Affairs
Interim Director of the UConn Health Disparities Institute

Jeffrey Finkelstein, M.D., FACEP

Jeffrey Finkelstein, M.D., FACEP
Assistant Dean, The Hospital for Central Connecticut

Wendy Miller, M.D., FACP

Wendy Miller, M.D., FACP
Assistant Designated Institutional Official
Quality and Safety Education Officer

Christine Rader, M.D., FACS

Christine Rader, M.D., FACS
Assistant Dean, Connecticut Children's

Kenneth J. Robinson, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Kenneth J. Robinson, M.D., FACP
Assistant Dean, Hartford Hospital